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Finding a high-tech job - Part 3

A three-part series from John Smiley on job searching strategies.

Finding a high-tech job -- Part 3

In my last tip, I listed some popular job-finding Web sites, and I promised to discuss how to write a resume to post online and the pros and cons of doing so.

There are probably as many resume-writing Web sites as there are job- finding Web sites, and they're all loaded with good advice, just search for ?resume+online? in any search engine and you'll get dozens of sites. I can summarize, in one word, the advice that these sites will give you when writing your resume -- keywords.

In the past, those writing resumes were advised to include lots of action verbs. Resume search engines aren't looking for verbs -- they're looking for keywords to help match candidates with positions, and Keywords are generally nouns. You should load up your online resume with as many nouns as you reasonably can, but don't go to extremes as some of my students have. Remember, if the resume search engine matches you with a job position, a human being will ultimately read your resume and it better make sense.

The pros of posting a resume online? They are countless. More and more companies are searching for, and finding their candidates, online. These days, if you don't have a resume posted online with one of the major job-finding Web sites, it's a tremendous opportunity lost.

The cons of posting a resume online? There are several.

First, if you currently have a job, and you post your resume on-line, there's nothing to prevent your resume from being seen by your current employer and this can make things very uncomfortable for you, to say the least. Always date your resume. If two years from now your current employer sees your resume online, you can always explain you posted it when you were at your former job.

Secondly, there have been stories about headhunters finding attractive resumes on-line, and marketing them to potential employers, hoping to cash in on a lucrative finder's fee. This practice can set up a big conflict of interest (through no fault of your own) if the resume search engine matches you up with an employer to whom your resume has been sent via a head hunter. It could even cost you a job. For that reason, include with your resume some wording that forbids unauthorized transmission of your resume by headhunters.

Take a look at "How to find a job - Part 1"
"How to find a job - Part 2"
Written by John Smiley, MCP, MCSD and MCT, author, and adjunct professor of Computer Science at Penn State University in Abington, Philadelphia University, and Holy Family College. John has been teaching computer programming for nearly 20 years.

John Smiley is president of Smiley and Associates, a computer consulting firm located in New Jersey.

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